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All News for August 2014

AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU Review

AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU Review

AMD updated its family of Kaveri-based A-Series APUs for desktop systems today. We first took an official look at Kaveri back in January, when we evaluated the A8-7600 APU. That particular APU is being re-launched today at a new price point, but AMD is also introducing a couple of new APUs as well, namely the A10-7800 and the A6-7400K. As...

Apple to Cull 200 Positions After Beats Acquisition Completes

Apple to Cull 200 Positions After Beats Acquisition Completes

It looks like Apple's first order-of-business following its $3 billion Beats acquisition will be to tell about 200 people to, ahem, beat it. Apple's no doubt been very hard at work since it made its announcement of its desire to purchase Beats public, and it's no surprise: This isn't exactly a small acquisition. At quick glance, it might look...

FCC Chief "Deeply Troubled" By Verizon Throttling, Demands Explanation

FCC Chief "Deeply Troubled" By Verizon Throttling, Demands Explanation

For years, Verizon and the other telcos have imposed limits on supposedly "Unlimited" data plans and justified those limits with dubious appeals to network quality of service. While throttling data usage makes a great deal of sense in certain contexts (downtown rush hour being an excellent example), most companies don't throttle based on time...

Codemasters' F1 2014 Is 'Most Accessible Yet', But Leaves Next-Gen Versions In Pit Lane

Codemasters' F1 2014 Is 'Most Accessible Yet', But Leaves Next-Gen Versions In Pit Lane

I don't think that it'd be an understatement to call the 2014 Formula 1 season one of the most exciting in recent years. After four straight years of Red Bull Racing domination, major changes brought on by the FIA have put many of our expectations in a blender and poured out some real surprises. We see cars with weird noses, hear engines that...

Bundled eGift Card With Dell Monitors, Xbox One/PS4 Games and More

Bundled eGift Card With Dell Monitors, Xbox One/PS4 Games and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today we’ve got great deals on a Dell S2740L 27" 1080p IPS LED-backlit LCD monitor, a Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS monitor, a bunch of game systems and gift card combo packs, and a whole lot more. Full details with...

Trash Talking T-Mobile Surpasses 50 Million Customers, Reports Profit of $391 Million In Q2

Trash Talking T-Mobile Surpasses 50 Million Customers, Reports Profit of $391 Million In Q2

T-Mobile has no problem calling out other wireless carriers and pointing out their flaws in candid language, but if you're going to do that, you make yourself a target for criticism. There will be none of that at the moment. Just the opposite, T-Mobile said it added 1.5 million customers during its fiscal second quarter, which is the fifth...

Facebook's Internet.org App Launches in Zambia, Providing Free Access to Important Web Services

Facebook's Internet.org App Launches in Zambia, Providing Free Access to Important Web Services

For most of us, getting access to the Internet regardless of where we are isn't that challenging. If we're on-the-go, we can use our mobile phone, while at home, we can enjoy high-speed connections that let us do a variety of important and fun activities. In many countries, though, access to the World Wide Web isn't just challenging, it's...

Tesla And Panasonic Announce Definitive Agreement On $5 Billion Gigafactory Deal

Tesla And Panasonic Announce Definitive Agreement On $5 Billion Gigafactory Deal

With a name like "Gigafactory," it has to be good. Panasonic and Tesla have just announced an agreement that'll see the two firms construct a large-scale battery manufacturing plant right here in the United States. The name, as you'd guess, is Gigafactory. Bold, intriguing, and totally Tesla. Per the agreement, it'll be Tesla managing the...

Blackberry Buys Secursmart To Bolster Enterprise Security Services

Blackberry Buys Secursmart To Bolster Enterprise Security Services

BlackBerry's bread and butter has always been the enterprise sector, and in a bid to make sure it retains that market, the Canadian handset maker went out and acquired Secusmart, a major player in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises, and telecommunications service...

Hackers Can Now Compromise USB Devices And On-Board USB Controllers

Hackers Can Now Compromise USB Devices And On-Board USB Controllers

Another day, another report of a potential hack that could cause some real trouble. Researchers at Berlin's SR Labs have discovered that firmware can be rewritten on any sort of USB device, be it a keyboard, a mouse, or a flash drive, and exploits could involve logging keystrokes, eavesdropping on communications, and a virus favorite,...

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 Teardown Shows Repairability And Impressive Internals

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 Teardown Shows Repairability And Impressive Internals

As if the whole Oculus Rift movement wasn't exciting enough, there's even more reason to like the virtual reality headset. The folks at iFixIt got their hands on the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 and did what they do best -- they tore it apart, bit by bit, to evaluate its repairability. The verdict? An impressive 9 out of 10. Since the Oculus...

Performance Preview: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Fastest Android Tablet Available

Performance Preview: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Fastest Android Tablet Available

Last week, NVIDIA officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by the Tegra K1 SoC) and its companion SHIELD wireless controller. To quickly recap, the SHIELD tablet’s specifications include NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC (clocked at up to 2.2GHz), paired to 2GB of RAM and an 8”, full-HD IPS display, with a native resolution of 1920x1200....

Sony Profits Come Roaring Back On Solid PlayStation 4 Sales Growth

Sony Profits Come Roaring Back On Solid PlayStation 4 Sales Growth

Sony today reported a 95.7 percent year-on-year increase in sales for its Games & Network Services division. Driving by red hot demand for its PlayStation 4 console, Sony's Games & Network Services arm collected $2.5 billion during the company's fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2014. After paying the bills, Sony was left with a...

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP to Other Developers

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP to Other Developers

We've detailed Crytek's problems in several previous posts, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of its F2P shooter "Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age" to Germany -- ignoring the fact that the majority of the US team had apparently...

LG Cinemascope Is 105 Inches Of Curve 4K HD TV Love With 5120X2160 Resolution

LG Cinemascope Is 105 Inches Of Curve 4K HD TV Love With 5120X2160 Resolution

Need a way to spend a small fortune on a new HDTV? LG has you covered. The company has just started shipping its 105-inch 21:9 curved Ultra HD TV, which might just require a room of its own to properly enjoy. In sum, the screen boasts over 11 million pixels with a 5120x2160 resolution, as well as a 7.2-channel sound system (150-watt) built-in...

Applied Micro Ships First ARM-Based Microserver Chips For The Data Center

Applied Micro Ships First ARM-Based Microserver Chips For The Data Center

Applied Micro is betting big on microserver use in the HPC market, and to help things along, it's just begun shipping its new X-Gene processors, based on ARM's v8 64-bit architecture. In late June, the firm revealed a number of partners that would be shipping servers with its X-Gene chip inside, and one similarity amongst them all is that...

At Long Last, PlayStation 4 System Update 1.75 Is Available With 3D Blu-ray Support

At Long Last, PlayStation 4 System Update 1.75 Is Available With 3D Blu-ray Support

Your PlayStation 4 console supports 3D Blu-ray playback, though before that functionality becomes available, you need to install the latest firmware update, version 1.75. Sony has begun rolling out the update to PS4 users, giving them bragging rights over Xbox One owners, at least for the time being (Microsoft will roll out 3D Blu-ray support...

Lowest Price Ever On Dell 32-inch UltraHD Monitor, PS3 Controller and More

Lowest Price Ever On Dell 32-inch UltraHD Monitor, PS3 Controller and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the 32" Dell UP3214Q UltraSharp 3840 x 2160 UltraHD IPS display, the Sony PS3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller (which includes a $25 Dell eGift Card), the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 12.5" laptop, and a whole lot...

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 With Cortana In China And UK

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 With Cortana In China And UK

When Microsoft released a beta for its Cortana personal assistant this past spring, it came with a major caveat: Only US users could partake. With its just-released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, however, the company is now offering use of the feature to those in the UK and China as a beta like the US release, and as an alpha in Canada, India,...

Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review

Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review

Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, features some excellent components inside, but none is quite the top end. Performance will take a hit to be sure, but so does the cost. Digital Storm offers four base configurations of the Vanquish II. Level 1 costs a mere pittance (relatively speaking) at $699, while the Level 2 ($779)...

Microsoft Levels-Up OneDrive Cloud Storage To 15GB

Microsoft Levels-Up OneDrive Cloud Storage To 15GB

Microsoft recently rolled-out an upgrade to free OneDrive accounts, but is only now sending out emails to its users to notify them of it. Previously, the company gave any new sign-up 7GB of storage for free; that's now been bumped to 15GB, to match Google with its Drive service. Both are a vast improvement over Dropbox, which offers a mere...

Nintendo Posts $97 Million Loss After More Than Tripling Wii U Console Sales Last Quarter

Nintendo Posts $97 Million Loss After More Than Tripling Wii U Console Sales Last Quarter

Nintendo can't seem to catch a break. The game hardware and software maker reported 74.7 billion yen (~$730.5 million) in revenue during the three-month period ended June 2014, down 8.4 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. And despite tripling Wii U console sales during the quarter, Nintendo ended up with a 9.9 billion yen (~$97...

Have We Come To This? Microsoft's Elop Reportedly Shows Off 'Selfie Phone'

Have We Come To This? Microsoft's Elop Reportedly Shows Off 'Selfie Phone'

Mobile phones reveal more about ourselves than perhaps we'd like to admit. Evidence of that can be found in the way we use our phones -- people have been known to walk into traffic and, in once incident, right off a pier and into the ocean while texting. But it's the selfie craze that lets the world know we're all a bunch of narcissists at...

AARC Representing 300 Music Artists Sues Ford And GM For In-Car CD Ripping Technology

AARC Representing 300 Music Artists Sues Ford And GM For In-Car CD Ripping Technology

In what qualifies as one of those, 'Are you freaking serious?' moments, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) is suing auto makers Ford and GM for selling cars with technology to rip music from CDs. The feature that has the AARC in a tizzy is called Jukebox, which records songs from CDs to the infotainment system's hard drive,...

FreedomPop Aims To Disrupt Mobile Market By Selling Discounted LTE Tablets With Calling Capabilities

FreedomPop Aims To Disrupt Mobile Market By Selling Discounted LTE Tablets With Calling Capabilities

It's one thing to talk the talk, but when a company like FreedomPop starts walking the walk, it makes the competition nervous. FreedomPop's newest promotion should have wireless carriers sweating bullets -- the free mobile service company that already shook up the mobile industry by offering free voice, text, and data plans announced that...

The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming

The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming

Facebook warned us this past spring that it would soon be getting rid of the ability to message others through its primary mobile app, and now, it updates us to let us know that the feature is really on its deathbed. Transition to Facebook Messenger, or else. Since Facebook's launch, the service has become a lot more than just a news feed....

In Bad Need of a New Revenue Stream, GameStop to Launch High Interest Credit Card

In Bad Need of a New Revenue Stream, GameStop to Launch High Interest Credit Card

If I could describe what most people think of GameStop, I'd have to call the company "Comcast Video Game Retailer". The fact is, a lot of people just don't like the company's shenanigans, of which there have been many over the years, and given the way the industry is moving towards digital, you'd imagine that it might want to backtrack on...

Lowest Price On Lenovo Flex 20 Touch PC, HP Pavilion 17 Laptop, Apple TV and More

Lowest Price On Lenovo Flex 20 Touch PC, HP Pavilion 17 Laptop, Apple TV and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the 20" Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20, HP Pavilion 17-f010us 17.3" AMD-based laptop, the 13.3" ASUS Transformer Book T300LA-US51T, and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links to all of the deals are...

EA Access For Xbox One Cost $5 Per Month, Offers Unlimited Access To BF4, Madden NFL 25, And More

EA Access For Xbox One Cost $5 Per Month, Offers Unlimited Access To BF4, Madden NFL 25, And More

Microsoft is digging deep in its bags of tricks to convince gamers that its Xbox One console is the better option versus Sony's PlayStation 4, the latter of which is maintaining a somewhat large sales lead. Following the launch of a Kinect-less console for a reduced $399 price tag, Microsoft has joined forces with Electronic Arts to offer...

Amazon Fires Up 3D Printed Products Store Of Plastic Widgets And Baubles

Amazon Fires Up 3D Printed Products Store Of Plastic Widgets And Baubles

It really goes without saying that 3D printing is awesome, but whether or not a printer is going to be a common sight in our homes down the road is yet to be seen. Unlike a paper printer, a 3D printer has far different uses, and most people might not have the need for something like that outside of experimentation. This is something that Amazon...

Drobo Mini With SSDs Offers Creative Types A Fast And Rugged Portable Storage Solution

Drobo Mini With SSDs Offers Creative Types A Fast And Rugged Portable Storage Solution

Storage on-the-go often comes with compromises, though Drobo is doing its best to eliminate most of them with its new "Drobo Mini with SSD," a portable and rugged storage solution that uses solid state drives. According to Drobo, ideal candidates for its expandable storage device include filmmakers, photographers, and creative professionals...

You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac

You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac

Shopping a Cadillac? Before you sign a loan agreement on a 2014 model, you may want to consider holding off for the 2015 Cadillacs. That's because General Motors (GM) is working with Powermat, a company that GM's venture capital division funded with $5 million back in January 2011, to offer wireless cell phone charging in some of next year's...

Dating Site OkCupid Says They Experiment On You Like Facebook, So Deal With It

Dating Site OkCupid Says They Experiment On You Like Facebook, So Deal With It

People have a tendency to get ticked off if you mess with their heads, especially without their permission. Facebook, the world's largest social network, found this out the hard way when it revealed that it had altered nearly 700,000 user feeds to study people's emotions. Not cool, but are these types of studies necessary in order to build...

Ready For Yosemite, Apple Updates MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Cuts Pricing

Ready For Yosemite, Apple Updates MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Cuts Pricing

Pat yourself on the back if you've been patiently waiting for Apple to refresh its MacBook Pro with Retina display making the leap. Today is that day -- in anticipation of OS X Yosemite, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line with faster processors, double the memory in entry-level configurations, and a lower price tag for...

Sony Going All In On PlayStation Network Revival And Commitment To Gamers

Sony Going All In On PlayStation Network Revival And Commitment To Gamers

While the Xbox 360 saw solid gains against the PlayStation 3, roles have switched in the next-gen era. Sony's PlayStation 4 has found its way into nearly 9 million homes to date, while the Xbox One has only sold around 5 million units. This describes Sony's opportunity, and according to a new report, it's betting hard on the gaming sector...

AMD's New Gaming Evolved App Adds Hardware Video Encoding, Twitch Support

AMD's New Gaming Evolved App Adds Hardware Video Encoding, Twitch Support

When Nvidia unveiled its GeForce Experience application last year, AMD was quick to return fire, but the company's version of the Raptr software client lagged Nvidia's application in several areas. While both could be used to optimize a game for best performance, Raptr (nee Gaming Evolved) didn't have the same ability to record or stream in-game...

Stanford Researchers Claim They Found "The Holy Grail" Of Battery Life

Stanford Researchers Claim They Found "The Holy Grail" Of Battery Life

You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and vanish, never to be heard...

Resarchers Claim Popular Android Apps Inherit Bugs Poor Security Due To Reused Code

Resarchers Claim Popular Android Apps Inherit Bugs Poor Security Due To Reused Code

Google's Android OS has received its fair share of flack over the past couple of years for its security issues, but sometimes, it's not the company or its OS at fault: It's the third-party developers. Proof of that can be seen from the results of a recent study conducted by the same firm, Codenomicon, that discovered the major "Heartbleed"...

T-Mobile CEO Chuckles At AT&T's "Best Deal" For Families Ad, One Ups Competition With 10GB LTE Plan

T-Mobile CEO Chuckles At AT&T's "Best Deal" For Families Ad, One Ups Competition With 10GB LTE Plan

You have to admire T-Mobile's candid passion in the wireless space. It comes straight from the top, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere is one of the more outspoken bigwigs in the industry, a fact that's evidenced in the company's latest announcement. Rather than simply roll out a new wireless plan, Legere took time to literally laugh at the competition...

Big Price Drops On Lenovo Z50 Laptop, Yoga 2 Pro Convertible and More

Big Price Drops On Lenovo Z50 Laptop, Yoga 2 Pro Convertible and More

Welcome back! It’s time to kick off a new week with a fresh installment of HOT deals, straight from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Lenovo Z50 Core i7-based laptop with 500GB hybrid drive, an HP ENVY 700-215xt Core i7-based desktop system, a 50" LG 50LN5400 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV, and a whole lot more....

Lara Croft Is Back And Badder Than Ever In The Osiris, Due Early December

Lara Croft Is Back And Badder Than Ever In The Osiris, Due Early December

I've been a fan of the Tomb Raider series ever since the original title launched for the Sony PlayStation in late 1996, and for the most part, there's never been a main title released that made me feel skeptical. That's not to say that the series hasn't had its share of less-than-great titles, but at least they looked and felt like Tomb Raider....

Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation

Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation

Big trouble in China? We're not sure, though reports are surfacing that Chinese government officials have been making unannounced visits to Microsoft's offices in China. Microsoft is keeping mum on the visits, and so is China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which Chinese media reports had made visits to Microsoft offices...

Review: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S Delivers Premium, High Res Android Experience

Review: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S Delivers Premium, High Res Android Experience

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S boasts of all of the high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s latest flagship including an Exynos 5 Octa core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. You’ll also find a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera that supports...

Polaris Slingshot: Not Your Little Brother's Tricycle, A Mean Three Wheeled Machine

Polaris Slingshot: Not Your Little Brother's Tricycle, A Mean Three Wheeled Machine

We aren't exactly living in a Jetsons-esque world where we're all floating about on personal hovercraft, but we're getting there. From UAVs to Tesla electric cars to this, a new 3-wheel roadster that is unlike anything else crisscrossing highways today. The new Polaris Slingshot is a funky new personal vehicle that's designed to act like a...

Silent Power 'Copper Foam' Cooled PC Prototype Looks All Kinds Of Awesome

Silent Power 'Copper Foam' Cooled PC Prototype Looks All Kinds Of Awesome

Where PC cooling is concerned, you can't get much more standard than copper - it's simply everywhere. Even if you're using an OEM box, chances are it at least has a copper base, and while it might not have many or any fins, your notebook will have a large copper heatpipe. So if copper is that effective, why not create a heatsink with a massive...

Nokia Goes Kinda Fruity, Charges Lumia 930 With 800 Potatoes And Apples

Nokia Goes Kinda Fruity, Charges Lumia 930 With 800 Potatoes And Apples

If you don't want to get caught with a dead smartphone, it's a wise idea to carry along either a spare battery (provided your handset sports a removable battery) or a portable charger. However, if you have neither and you happen to be surrounded by 800 potatoes and apples, all you'll need is a copper wire and galvanized nails to be back in...

Oh Yeah, It's A 'Phablet'! Samsung's 7-Inch Galaxy Tab Q Breaks Cover In China

Oh Yeah, It's A 'Phablet'! Samsung's 7-Inch Galaxy Tab Q Breaks Cover In China

Samsung's unspoken philosophy of "Go big or go home" has never been more evident than with the Galaxy Tab Q that just broke cover on the company's Chinese language portal. Officially, Samsung is calling this thing a tablet, and with a 7-inch high-definition 720p (1280x720) display, we wouldn't argue the claim. However, you can slide the Galaxy...

Samsung Confirms Decision To Delay Tizen Phone Launch In Russia, Ecosystem Still Needs Tweaking

Samsung Confirms Decision To Delay Tizen Phone Launch In Russia, Ecosystem Still Needs Tweaking

Speculation is sure to follow Samsung's confirmation that it's postponing the launch of a high-end handset running its own home brewed Tizen operating system in Russia. Officially, the reason for the delay is because the platform requires a bit more work, though we can't help but wonder if the recent pressure from Google has anything to do...

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Rolling Out To HTC One M8 Developer Edition, Android L Comes Next

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Rolling Out To HTC One M8 Developer Edition, Android L Comes Next

For those of you rocking HTC's One M8 Developer Edition smartphone, be on the lookout for an Android 4.4.3 KitKit upgrade containing the company's custom Sense 6 User Interface (UI). After being teased in a Twitter post midway through July, HTC more recently tweeted an update confirming that the ROM has begun rolling out over the air (OTA)....

Here's The Code To Receive 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' Free From EA, No Strings Attached

Here's The Code To Receive 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' Free From EA, No Strings Attached

Good news, gamers! Electronic Arts has decided to donate The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to anyone and everyone in need of a game to play. That's right -- the title is completely free, provided you claim your copy by July 31, 2014 at 10AM PDT. After that, the freebie promotion disappears, though it probably won't be the last time EA does something...